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Generals' batons C8th/9th/10th

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Topic: Generals' batons C8th/9th/10th
Posted By: Guests
Subject: Generals' batons C8th/9th/10th
Date Posted: 02-Dec-2007 at 16:44
I would be delighted to receive ANY information on, or reference to, the continuing use of a bāton as a symbol of military authority in Europe in the Merovingian/Carolingian period.

Thank you.

Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 04-Mar-2008 at 17:05
The Normans seem to be using them in the 11th century so it would be reasonable to believe that they were just continuing Carolinian practice.

Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 04-Mar-2008 at 17:08
Do you have a reference please?


Posted By: robjones999
Date Posted: 01-Nov-2008 at 15:37
It appears to be carried by William in the Bayeux Tapestry.  Look at Crouch's Image of Aristocracy, I think there is a more detailed treatment of wands and staffs there (can't get to my copy just at the moment).

Posted By: Nick1986
Date Posted: 04-Aug-2012 at 19:02
The practise dates back to the Romans. Officers (identifiable by their red cloaks) carried canes to beat lazy soldiers

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